Plan to Play Huntley's Story

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Mission Statement:

Connecting the community.

Vision Statement:

To be a leader in providing recreation for generations.

Core Values:

Fun: We believe that recreation and leisure activities should be enjoyable and entertaining. We strive to provide fun experiences for all ages and abilities, promoting healthy lifestyles through playful activities.

Inclusive: We believe that everyone deserves equitable access to our services and programs. We are committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment where everyone feels respected, valued, and supported.

People-Focused: We believe that our success depends on the satisfaction and happiness of our employees, customers, and community members. We are committed to putting people first, fostering a positive culture, and providing exceptional customer service.

Sustainable: We believe that our actions have an impact on the environment and future generations. We are committed to promoting sustainable practices, protecting natural resources, and reducing our carbon footprint. We strive to be responsible stewards of our resources and leave a positive legacy for future generations.

Continued Community Listening

In our continued efforts to listen to our community and plan for our future, the Huntley Park District has engaged in several listening activities – a survey and a community discussion group.

In both cases, residents were asked about their recreation and leisure needs and possible Park District plans to address those needs. The results from each listening activity will be used to determine the next steps in the Plan to Play strategic master plan timeline.

Community Survey
The Huntley Park District commissioned an independent research firm to send out a survey to randomly selected residents. You may have received this survey invitation via email, a postcard or a printed survey. Responses to the survey will help the Park District leadership determine future plans.

We have received a few inquiries about the Personal Identification Number (PIN) and some of the demographic questions. We want to assure everyone that the PIN is only known to you and the survey company and is used to make sure that individuals complete the survey only one time. Additionally, answering the question regarding political party affiliation (republican, democrat, independent) is not required. The information is used to ensure that the survey results are an accurate representation of Huntley’s community demographics (age range, ethnicity, neighborhood, gender and political affiliation).

At no time are names, personal identifiers or specific individual responses ever conveyed to the Park District.

Community Discussion Group
The Huntley Park District commissioned an independent communications firm to conduct interviews and a community discussion group. The discussion group was representative of the Huntley community. Insights helped identify not only community needs but also questions that may be asked and information residents may need to provide informed feedback.

What Happens Next?

The Board of Commissioners will receive the results of the survey in July. Commissioners and Park District leadership will use the results and information gathered during the strategic master planning process to evaluate the existing Park District facilities and programs, develop a prioritized list of improvements and the projected costs, and identify potential funding sources such as grants, donations, capital funds or bond issuance.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How did the Huntley Park District gather community input?

The Huntley Plan to Play planning process emphasized resident engagement with a community survey, workshops, focus groups, interviews and other feedback opportunities.

What needs did the Plan to Play process identify?

  • Wellness programs
  • Special events
  • Cultural enrichment programs
  • Multi-use paved trails
  • Off-lease dog park

What other listening activities has the Park District completed?

In early 2024, the Park District commissioned an independent communications firm to conduct interviews and a community discussion group. The discussion group was representative of the Huntley community. Insights helped identify not only community needs but also questions that may be asked and information residents may need to provide informed feedback.

The Park District also commissioned an independent research firm to send out a survey to randomly selected residents. Responses to the survey will help the Park District leadership determine future plans.

During these activities, the following needs were identified:

  • Updates to playgrounds
  • More shade trees throughout the District
  • Outdoor pickleball courts
  • Improved basketball courts

Is the Park District going to a referendum?

It is important to note that the Huntley Park District has not yet decided whether to hold a referendum. We are finalizing the community survey and discussion groups to confirm residents’ needs and determine the public’s willingness to fund projects if necessary.

Next, the Board of Commissioners and leadership will develop a prioritized list of improvements and costs. Then, the Board will identify potential funding sources such as capital funds, donations, grants or bond issuance.

What portion of my tax bill supports the Park District, and how are the funds used?

Current Huntley Park District Percentage of Tax Bill

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The WHY

Where do we need more parks, playgrounds, and/or other facilities? What recreational programs do you want to see?
How can parks and recreation help address certain challenges facing our community?

To answer answering questions like these and create a vision for the next 10 years, we launched Plan To Play Huntley, the agency's park and recreation Strategic Master Plan, in May of 2022.

 

 

The WHAT

The Strategic Master Plan is a comprehensive planning document that covers various interconnected topics and provides a prioritized roadmap to meet future parks, recreational, programming, environmental, operational and maintenance needs. 

 

This dynamic, data-driven blueprint will help strengthen existing programs, identify improvements, new development and land acquisitions so we can adapt to the community’s changing demographics.

 

 

The HOW

Public Input Process

To gain a better understanding of the current state of the District and determine future needs and priorities, the planning process gathered input from Huntley residents. This involved several methods such as stakeholder interviews, focus group discussions including a dedicated meeting for Del Webb’s Sun City residents, a public workshop, an online community survey, a statistically valid survey, and the crowdsourcing website www.PlanToPlayHuntley.com. More than 1,200 individuals participated in these mediums, including elected and appointed officials, employees, and residents who represented a diverse range of community groups serving the Huntley community.

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Resident Survey

As part of the public input process, a statistically valid Parks and Recreation Needs Assessment survey was sent to randomly selected households in the District's boundaries to help the District plan for future recreation programs and facilities that meet the community’s needs and preferences.

The goal was to obtain 350 completed surveys from residents. The goal was exceeded with 478 completed surveys collected. The overall results for the sample of 478 households have a precision of at least +/-4.4 at the 95% level of confidence.

Priorities for Program & Facilities/Amenities Investments

While these priorities are based solely on the survey, this data is one piece among many data points gathered during the Master Plan process. All factors and measurements must be included when considering investment in any facility/amenity or program.

Through the statistically valid survey, facilities/amenities and programs were rated for investment priority.

Based on the survey, the highest priority programs for investment included:

  • Community special events
  • Adult fitness & wellness programs
  • Cultural enrichment programs/events
  • Senior trips
  • Senior fitness/wellness programs

The highest priority facilities/amenities for investment included:

  • Multi‐use paved trails
  • Indoor pool/aquatic center
  • Indoor walking/jogging track
  • Outdoor amphitheater
  • Off‐leash dog park
  • Sled hills & ice rink
 

Questions or Comments?

We want to make sure you have all the information you need. If you have questions or want to share your comment, please email us or call us at (847)669-5463.